Welcome to Jefferson State Community College (JSCC) and the Americans with Disabilities Accommodations Office (ADA Office). The ADA Office staff looks forward to working with you and providing the assistance that will help make your academic career at JSCC more successful and satisfying.
Jefferson State Community College is committed to making its academic programs and services accessible to qualified students who have disabilities. It is a goal of Jefferson State Community College to provide students who have disabilities equal opportunities to develop and demonstrate their academic skills, while maintaining the academic integrity
of the College programs. Consistent with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the American Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) it is the policy of Jefferson State Community College that no qualified person with a disability shall be subjected to discrimination because of that disability under any program or activity conducted or sponsored by the College.
Enrollment Services handles all applications for admission. Admission standards are described in the Jefferson State catalog and must be met by all students, regardless of disability. Enrollment Services offers a series of orientation sessions for entering students. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the ADA Office before or during orientation. Students who need accommodations during orientation should contact the Enrollment Services Office upon receiving registration materials. The Enrollment Services Office can be reached at (205) 856-7704/7705.
Colleges are not required to alter essential academic requirements. Requirements, which can be demonstrated as essential to a course or program of study or to any directly related licensing requirement, are not regarded as discriminatory. Specifically, the law says that a college “shall make such modifications to its academic requirements as are necessary to ensure that such requirements do not discriminate or have the effect of discriminating, on the basis of handicap, against a qualified handicapped applicant or student… Modifications may include changes in the length of time permitted for the completion of degree requirements, substitution of specific courses required for the completion of degree requirements, and adaptation of the manner in which specific courses are conducted.” 34 CFR Section 1-04.44 (a).
When to self-identify as a student with a disability is a decision for the student. However, prospective students are encouraged to contact the ADA Office for information regarding services and facilities and to discuss questions pertinent to admission. If accommodations are needed for placement testing, all documentation must be on file in the ADA Accommodation Office
The ADA Accommodations Office serves as the central contact point for students with disabilities. The goal of the ADA Office is to provide a physically and educationally accessible College environment that ensures an individual is viewed on the basis of ability, not disability. The ADA Office works individually with students to determine appropriate and reasonable academic accommodations, and to have students’ academic performance evaluated without the limiting effects of a disability.
A Disability as Defined by the ADAAA
An individual who:
- has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activity (caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, talking, seeing, hearing, and learning).
- has a record of such an impairment; or
- is regarded as having such an impairment.